Meet our Team

Patricia Alvarado, LPCC/LMHC

Director & Licensed Psychotherapist

Jennifer Brizuela, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Yesenia Guerrero, MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Vanessa Gutierrez, MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Stephanie Sorady, MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Lucy Plascencia,

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Patricia Alvarado

Director & Licensed Psychotherapist

My experience comes from various schools of thoughts, through a multicultural lens that includes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Treatment utilizing a strengths-based approach.

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of California and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. I received my Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in California and have extensive training in crisis intervention and trauma treatment working with Victims of Crime, within community mental health agencies, and private practice.

I explore situations in the here and now in order to provide a listening ear to understand your needs. I have experience working with women’s issues, relationships, crisis intervention, trauma focused treatment, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, substance abuse, and parenting. My areas of expertise include exploring trauma as well as parent/child relationships. Each can be unique on their own or intertwined together as trauma (generational, etc.) can have an affect in the way that we parent. My work aims to understand the underlying concerns that are causing stressful situations and mal-adaptive behaviors. Through active listening, approaching things with empathy, and from a non-judgmental standpoint, my hope is that we can work together to help create trust within the therapeutic relationship.

The experiences that I have gained volunteering on the Suicide Prevention Hotline, various shelters in Los Angeles including the Downtown Women’s Shelter, and my experience within community/mental health allow me to offer various perspectives and see things from a different lens. This creates an opportunity for creative interventions that allow us to truly experience change within the therapeutic relationship.


Trainings & Techniques

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP)
  • Critical Incident Desensitization (CID)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Parenting Strategies (Triple P)
  • Incredible Years for Children and Families
  • Seeking Safety
  • Brief Response to Crisis (BRC/CORS)/Crisis Oriented Recovery Services
  • MBSR-T/Stressed Teens Mindfulness Program
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Problem Solving Treatment (PST) for Depression
  • Motivational Interviewing

Professional Practice

  • Clinical Supervisor with Beacon Health Options
  • Counselor with The College of Westchester
  • Clinical Therapist with Crespo Mental Health
  • Lead Clinical Therapist at USC’s Violence Intervention Program
  • Clinical Therapist with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • Psychotherapist with California Victims of Crime Program
  • Counselor on the Suicide Prevention Hotline
  • Private Practice
  • EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training (CIT)

Jennifer Brizuela

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The most important ethical principles that I embrace as a social worker are to challenge social issues, provide services to those in need, and value the worth and dignity of people and their respective communities.

I was born in Los Angeles, am a first-generation college graduate, and am bilingual (Spanish).

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California- Riverside in 2009 with an emphasis on disparities in the medical system. I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2013 and became a licensed clinical social worker in 2018. Throughout my 11 years in social services, I’ve worked with children and adults with a history of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect), grief and loss, medical co-morbidities, domestic violence, substance abuse and severe mental health issues. I have previous experience with assessments, crisis intervention, community mental health, and intensive case management. Having worked with diverse populations, I am able to meet my clients where they are, build trust, and approach treatment in a way that is both beneficial and empowering.

My therapeutic approach involves active listening, is empathic, and judgement free. I strive to provide a safe space where clients can express themselves and feel supported. I strongly believe in acknowledging intersectionality’s and the importance of individual experiences. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, intergenerational trauma, self-esteem, and first generation/migrant communities. I utilize an attachment theoretical lens, combining interventions from different treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Ego States (Parts), Motivational Interviewing, and A-Tip. When working with couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Couples therapy (EFT). EFT largely focuses on identification of primary and secondary emotions, unmet attachments needs, and improvement of communication between partners.

I hope to create an atmosphere where you can reflect on your experiences, process, and assist in identifying beliefs of self or the world that contribute to maladaptive coping. I am here to build a trusting relationship with you and begin your journey to your most secure self.

Vanessa Gutierrez

Associate Clinical Social Worker

As a social worker I value integrity. I am sensitive to cultural and social diversity and empower vulnerable populations through self-determination. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach. I am registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Clinical Social Worker

I have been in the field of social work for the past 5 years and within the educational field cumulatively for 12 years working with vulnerable families

struggling with psychosocial and social issues. My active listening skills can be shown through my ability to connect with others on a deeper level and help them through their process to manage stressful situations. My experience ranges from clients as young as 5years old to older adults suffering from severe mental illnesses.

I have provided individual and group therapy to at-risk clients struggling with academic, social, behavioral, and emotional problems. I use various tools to identify symptoms and implement evidence-based interventions that address clinical symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and other clinical issues. I have experience in crisis intervention and after care plans, partnering with both clients and parents alike. My knowledge within the mental health field also includes providing wraparound services, intensive case management, and assisting clients with various life transitions varying from navigating housing support to vocational and educational linkages. 

My goal is to help you understand the fundamental issues that are difficult for you to manage. Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), along with a Cognitive Behavioral approach (CBT), my hope is to create a therapeutic relationship where you are provided with the ability to bounce back from challenges with a stronger sense of self, confidence, and coping capacity to get through adversity. With empathy and active listening, my hope is to build trust and create a unique approach together that works for you to improve your quality of life.

I believe in meaningful connections. I believe that establishing this connection and providing a safe environment for vulnerability is a vital gateway that will support overall growth. With compassion and from a non-judgmental approach, my goal is to support the healing process by understanding the underlying issues causing suffering.

Stephanie Sorady

Associate Clinical Social Worker

If you’re reading this, you are likely someone who is ready to take steps towards healing and transformation – congratulations!

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed, burnt out and drained? What if I told you that you already possess the power and wisdom you need to improve your relationships, career, and confidence? Well – you do! When working with clients I enjoy taking a collaborative approach to help them heal and build a healthy foundation for the life they want to live. You are the expert of your experiences and I’m here to support and guide you on your healing journey.

A bit about me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up in a multicultural family as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and Irish-Hungarian-American father. I’m also a  bilingual clinician (Spanish). I’ve been working in the field of social work for four years providing crisis intervention, case management and therapeutic services. Through my work so far I’ve supported a wide variety of folks such as first-gen college students, adult children of alcoholics, people experiencing homelessness and military veterans. These experiences have provided me with diverse perspectives and invaluable lessons I use in my therapeutic practice regularly.

I received my B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Southern California and my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. I’m currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Clinical Social Worker.

My goal is to create a non-judgemental space where you feel seen and heard through a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens. I use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Mindfulness and Solution-Focused techniques to help you heal from anxiety, intergenerational trauma, negative beliefs and mal-adaptive behaviors that no longer serve you. My specialties include: anxiety, perfectionism, parentified children, trauma, self-esteem, issues affecting women, issues affecting veterans and grief/loss.

If you feel we may be a good fit and are interested in working together to help you heal from the past and intentionally create your future, please schedule your consultation.

Yesenia Guerrero

Associate Clinical Social Worker

As a therapist, I believe in the importance of a strength-based approach to allow you to regain control of your value, power, and mental health. 

I received my Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Sociology and Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara where I developed a passion for understanding systems of oppression that affect individual and community mental health. I went on to receive my Master of Social Work degree with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach. I am currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Social Worker.


My experience includes trauma-informed individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and suicide and crisis intervention. I have provided services to children ages 5+ and adults. I specialize in mental health services for survivors of domestic violence, children and families, and parenting support with a focus on trauma-informed approaches that take into account your lived experiences and the existing systems that affect your day-to-day mental health. We can begin your mental health journey to address depression, anxiety, trauma, intergenerational healing, or anything else you are ready to process with the use of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Please know that you do not have to do this alone.

Lucy Plascencia

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

I consider myself a strong and encouraging force to those around me and as your therapist, I am committed to supporting your growth, goals and mental health. I am a curious, direct and compassionate therapist that will serve as a guiding light in difficult and triumphant moments.

I value my work as a counselor and am excited to work with you to help you find your most actualized and empowered self!  

A bit about my background, I was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles into a large and vibrant Mexican family. This sparked my love of community and curiosity of human relationships! When I’m not working, I enjoy bike riding, learning about social issues, tending to my many houseplants, thrifting vintage clothes and furniture and spending time with my loved ones.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Community Based Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Education from San Diego State University and I am registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC). I have six years of experience working with youth and adults as a former educator, counselor and mental health therapist. I have worked in outpatient mental health, community mental health clinics, high schools and higher education settings. I specialize in working with youth and adults facing self-esteem challenges, seeking to build healthy relationships, battling depression and anxiety, grief/loss, gender and sexuality, trauma and working with marginalized communities such as people of color, and folks in the LGBTQ community.

Along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I utilize Person Centered Therapy, Attachment theory, gender affirming, sex positive and feminist based approaches. My counseling approach embodies a trauma-informed, multicultural lens with the goal of guiding clients to understand themselves and create positive change in their inner and outer world. I am passionate about motivating my clients to meet their goals and empower them to have moments of awakening that lead to living a life with greater authenticity, resilience and emotional healing.

My goal is to create a strong therapeutic relationship to best support your journey! If you are ready to take the first step, I encourage you to schedule a consultation.